February 07, 2005

Associate Pastor Pleads Not Guilty To Sex Charges


UPDATED: 1:21 pm EST February 7, 2005

HEBRON, Ohio -- A pastor accused of having sexual contact with two teenage girls pleaded not guilty Monday, NBC 4 reported.

Lonny Aleshire Jr., the associate pastor at the Licking Baptist Church in Hebron, was indicted Friday on seven felony sex abuse charges involving two teenage sisters, NBC 4's Elizabeth Scarborough reported.

Prosecutors said Aleshire, 34, had sex with two sisters while taking them to and from babysitting jobs, Scarborough reported.

Aleshire faces multiple charges, including one count of rape by force for allegedly forcing a 17-year-old girl to have sex with him in the church hallway in June. Authorities said he also had sex with the girl's younger sister from the time she was 13 to 15. For that, Aleshire faces six counts of sexual misconduct with a minor and three counts of sexual imposition.

Posted by kshaw at February 7, 2005 10:51 PM